Title: The Author-Publisher Relationship in a Changing Market: Risks, Rewards and Commitment
Author: Dana Beth Weinberg
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The Amazon-Hachette dispute of 2014 reframed and pushed to the fore questions about the role of traditional publishers and their value to authors. As the self-publishing landscape evolves and the range of platforms and services available to authors widens, many continue to meet with great success by going indie. At the same time, publishers characterize their roles as critical investors in worthy projects that would never otherwise see the light of day. The Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey, now in its third year, assesses these and other claims with an empirical, in-depth look inside the business of authorship today.
The familiar indie-traditional divide of recent years is giving way to a world in which the path to publication is a shifting series of negotiations about who shoulders the risks and reaps the rewards of publishing. In this report, we compare the most common such arrangements to determine which combinations correlate to sales and earnings that leave authors satisfied with the choices they make. The 2015 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey finds that being an author is still a difficult business for many. Meanwhile, for publishers increasingly reliant on big hits, the struggle to hold onto top talent is intensifying. This report seeks to understand why and to offer authors and publishers a strategic map of the economics behind this landscape at a time of ongoing transformation.